We’ve been having exchanges about water-sports related music and aesthetically pleasing hand-crafted boats and paddles, so I thought I’d throw in something a little different about a boating-related visual arts project that folks might enjoy seeing.
Anyone who has paddled in the Capital District area of upstate New York may be familiar with Fish Creek near Saratoga Springs, which is not only a lovely feeder stream to the Hudson River and a great place for a leisurely summer day paddle but is a regional site for National Rowing Association official competitions. Full disclosure: my brother Nick is the artist who designed and made this piece of art and his son Noah (my nephew and godson) was one of the champion rowers on the Saratoga Rowing Association’s 4-man team when he was in high school. Noah is also an artist (now at Tyler School of Art at Temple in Philly) and he helped with the mural. I’m allowed to brag :-).
Nick was commissioned by SRA to create this intricate 8’ long glass mosaic mural – it’s the aerial view of the entire racing course on Fish Creek, – to hang in the SRA’s clubhouse and boatyard on the creek. The club’s trophies will be displayed here.
For anyone interested in visiting/paddling Fish Creek there is also a kayak rental livery (that shares a parking lot with a fabulous brick oven pizza bistro) and launch area on the creek at the bridge visible near the left end of the mosaic.